Mat Joubert, Captain of the Murder and Robbery Division of
Cape Town police department, is a man whose drinking and
lack of exercise as a means of psychological and emotional
escape is about to face the hard realities of life.
Assigned to investigate bizarre murders done with an
antique weapon, Mat suffers through connecting the fibers
of evidence in the series of murders, along with the
arduous task of submitting to his new supervisor's demands
that he stop drinking, get fit and see a therapist.
Death grips this man as only death can for a police officer
whose job is to investigate murder. With each new case and
the emotional ruins of the survivors, he's reminded of the
past, of his demons, of the fact that life is moving along
without him. As Mat searches for tangible evidence that
these murders have been committed for some related reason,
his life spirals up and down. Mat realizes that he wants to
live, wants to love again and wants to be the detective he
was before his wife was killed. He just needs to discover
how to accomplish those goals.
DEAD BEFORE DYING is an insightful look into a man's head
and heart. It touches on the flaws and frailty of human
nature and gives the reader more than a glimpse into the
mind that struggles with the desire to continue living. Mat
Joubert wants to be loved and to love. He discovers that
small piece inside himself that allows him to clear the
hurdle, propelling him toward the man he wants to be. The
murder investigation, this history of weapons and the
questions behind a motive fill this story, while the
driving force of this man's soulful journey to self-
discovery compile into a moving work. DEAD BEFORE DYING is
a man's story and a woman's story and is just plain good.
A brilliantly atmospheric new suspense novel from rising
African thriller writer Deon Meyer about a detective racing
to solve a terrifying series of murders.
Someone in Cape Town has chosen a conspicuous murder weapon-
-a century-old German handgun, with ancient bullets to
match, bullets that tear through flesh and bone. The killer
has a preferred method: one shot to the head and one shot
to the chest, leaving a rapidly rising number of dead. For
Captain Mat Joubert, this might be the last chance to prove
that his life's slow spiral will not pull him under and
sink him at last.
Three men who have nothing in common are killed in an
escalating pattern of violence. As the string of vicious
killings pushes Cape Town toward panic, Joubert is left
scrambling for answers. In this stunning new novel,
breakout crime writer Deon Meyer builds an evocative
portrait of a man at odds with his history--bent on
reclaiming his dignity and determined to find the single
thread that weaves together what is otherwise just an
assortment of strangers, dead by the same hand.